Our History

CPRS-VI has a rich history of which our members can be proud - a story that continues to be written today.


The first formal action to establish the Public Relations Society of British Columbia took place in March 1955, when nine senior members of the public relations fraternity in Vancouver assembled to begin discussions.

 

On October 25, 1956, after several meetings and consultation with Victoria practitioners, a motion was unanimously approved to join CPRS. The British Columbia Society became CPRS Vancouver in 1997.

 

In Victoria on November 4, 1982 CPRS Vancouver Island joined as a local society.

CPRS-VI Past Presidents:

 

  • John Cox 1982 - 1984

  • Christine McKnight 1984 - 1986

  • John Walter 1986 - 1991

  • Sharlene Smith 1991 - 1993

  • Denis Racine 1993 - 1995

  • Vanessa Greebe/Nigel Atkin 1995 - 1997

  • Dianne George/Anita Wasiuta 1997 - 1998

  • Anita Wasiuta/Dierdre Campbell 1998 - 1999

  • Dierdre Campbell/Robyn Quinn 1999 - 2000

  • Robyn Quinn/Veronica Kempkes 2000 - 2001

  • Veronica Kempkes/Rena Kendall - Craden 2001 - 2002

  • Anita Wasiuta/Tonja Joyce 2002 - 2003

  • Tonja Joyce/Dianne George 2003 - 2004

  • Dianne George 2004 - 2006

  • Dianne George/Barbara Carver 2005 - 2006

  • Barbara Carver 2006 - 2007

  • Barbara Carver/Marion Grau 2007 - 2008

  • Barbara Carver 2007 - 2008

  • Marion Grau/Ange Frymire 2008 - 2009

  • Ange Frymire/Dave Traynor 2009 - 2010

  • Dave Traynor 2010 - 2011

  • Gillian Crowley/Sarah Hanel 2011 - 2012

  • Sarah Hanel 2013 - 2014

  • John Barry 2014 - 2015

  • Dan Hurley 2015 - 2016

  • Peggy Kulmala 2016 - present

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